A few months ago I had lunch with Martin Keeney, the Director of Catering & Event Management at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC. It was a lovely (and delicious!) lunch filled with great conversation.
One of the things we talked about was how Martin really enjoys working one-on-one with couples and their families and strives to incorporate small details that really make a difference. Obviously a hotel like the St. Regis prides itself on its high level of service, but Martin really like incorporating a family's culture into the wedding menu. For instance, if your family is Greek but you don't want an entire Greek meal, perhaps you will serve some delicious spanikopita during the cocktail hour.
When our talk turned towards a delicious, yet quite pedestrian, Latin dish -- rice with an egg on top -- Martin thought that would be fabulous as a late night snack for a Latino couple...something totally unexpected yet very comforting for the guests in attendance.
Martin and I certainly see eye-to-eye on this issue. It's touches like these that make a wedding or event special and unique. They are what you'll most remember from your wedding day because they are what mean the most to you. Forget the routine that happens at every other wedding you've attended -- what makes your wedding special is what you'll remember the most.
These details are what make me love what I do. I always explain to clients that "I don't do cookie cutter parties". Every event I produce is different and unique -- and I wouldn't have it any other way!
I love learning about the couple and their families throughout the wedding planning process. Incorporating those special tidbits of your personalities into your events is what I truly enjoy. When I say I craft an event around the hosts and their personalities, I mean it.
I want you to feel comfortable at your party. I want your party to be a reflection of you. I want you to be impressed by it. And I want you to enjoy it.